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Atlas Shrugged Filming Wraps Up
The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | July 26, 2010 | David Kelley

Posted on 07/26/2010 7:06:51 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins

I spoke with Dagny Taggart the other night. “It’s a huge honor to be part of this film,” said Taylor Schilling, who plays the heroine in John Aglialoro’s independent production of Atlas Shrugged. Tuesday evening, July 20, marked the completion of filming. We caught up with Aglialoro and his team in a weary but ebullient mood as shooting wrapped after an intense five-week schedule.

The movie covers Part I of Ayn Rand’s novel, with two more films in the planning stage to tell the rest of the story. With six months of editing still to go on “Atlas Shrugged, Part I,” Aglialoro expects it to be ready for release by next March—unless it is accepted for Cannes or other major festivals, which would probably mean a June release.

In entrepreneurial courage and talent, the film project to date is fully the equal of the story it tells, Dagny’s heroic struggle to build the John Galt rail line.

Having optioned the film rights to Atlas in 1992, Aglialoro (pictured above with producers Harmon Kaslow and John director Paul Johansson) has worked with a number of studios and independent producers, with one project after another coming to grief. In the ten years I have been advising him about scripts, I have read at least six distinct scripts for everything from TV miniseries to feature films. Hopes ran high for a deal with Lionsgate Films and Baldwin Entertainment for a single feature-length film, with a good script by Randall Wallace and Angelina Jolie as the lead. After that effort fizzled, Lionsgate undertook a lower-budget miniseries last fall. But the script…

[For the rest of the story plus a video interview with Aglialoro, visit The Atlas Society website!]

(Excerpt) Read more at atlassociety.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; johnaglialoro; johngalt; liberalmedia; whoisjohngalt
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1 posted on 07/26/2010 7:06:52 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins
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To: Ed Hudgins

Who is John Galt?


2 posted on 07/26/2010 7:09:59 AM PDT by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: Ed Hudgins

I hope that the story is told as it should be.


3 posted on 07/26/2010 7:11:16 AM PDT by NellieMae (Here......common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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To: Ed Hudgins

There was a time I’d have thought this bad news. However, under current conditions, even a crappy rendition of Atlas can only be helpful.
Rand sure saw clearly what was coming our way. We must hope the film removes the scales from other people’s eyes.


4 posted on 07/26/2010 7:11:21 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (668, neighbor of the beast, is tagline enough)
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To: Ed Hudgins
"Whether it’s religion trying to control our spirit or government trying to control our lives—they take so much of the nectar from each life. It’s like a gun to your head, and you have to bargain constantly for permission to live and expand and find self-fulfillment."

This is the one thing I do not like about Ayn Rand is her outright hatred towards religion. I personally believe it comes from her childhood where the Church in Russia was a willing co-conspirator along with the Romanovs in the oppression of the people.

What this gentleman should realize is the difference between religion and government in this society is that people choose to go to a church. They are forced to do things by the government. Should a follower of Ayn Rand not rejoice in someone's free choice and exercising it for religion?
5 posted on 07/26/2010 7:16:54 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Ed Hudgins

6 posted on 07/26/2010 7:16:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Ed Hudgins

FReeper Book Club: Introduction to Atlas Shrugged
Part I, Chapter I: The Theme
Part I, Chapter II: The Chain
Part I, Chapter III: The Top and the Bottom
Part I, Chapter IV: The Immovable Movers
Part I, Chapter V: The Climax of the d’Anconias
Part I, Chapter VI: The Non-Commercial
Part I, Chapter VII: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Part I, Chapter VIII: The John Galt Line
Part I, Chapter IX: The Sacred and the Profane
Part I, Chapter X: Wyatt’s Torch
Part II, Chapter I: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Part II, Chapter II: The Aristocracy of Pull
Part II, Chapter III: White Blackmail
Part II, Chapter IV: The Sanction of the Victim
Part II, Chapter V: Account Overdrawn
Part II, Chapter VI: Miracle Metal
Part II, Chapter VII: The Moratorium on Brains
Part II, Chapter VIII: By Our Love
Part II, Chapter IX: The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
Part II, Chapter X: The Sign of the Dollar
Part III, Chapter I: Atlantis
Part III, Chapter II: The Utopia of Greed
Part III, Chapter III: Anti-Greed
Part III, Chapter IV: Anti-Life
Part III, Chapter V: Their Brothers’ Keepers
Part III, Chapter VI: The Concerto of Deliverance
Part III, Chapter VII: “This is John Galt Speaking”
Part III, Chapter VIII: The Egoist
Part III, Chapter IX: The Generator
Part III, Chapter X: In the Name of the Best Within Us
Coda: Ten Years After
Afterword and Suggested Reading

7 posted on 07/26/2010 7:18:48 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Ed Hudgins

I’m looking forward to the prequels, when they show how John Galt was turned to the Dark Side of the Force.

I also hope they give him an adorable animal sidekick, like a baby panda or something.


8 posted on 07/26/2010 7:19:15 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

He doesn’t show up until PART III.................


9 posted on 07/26/2010 7:19:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: B-Chan

Or a smart-a$$ Donkey...............


10 posted on 07/26/2010 7:20:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
"Should a follower of Ayn Rand not rejoice in someone's free choice and exercising it for religion?"

Curiously, for many followers of Rand, Objectivism is their religion.

11 posted on 07/26/2010 7:20:58 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Ed Hudgins

I don’t think there is three movies worth of content in Atlas Shrugged. Rand, while a good writer of prose, was also a self indulgent writer and “over wrote” Atlas. The book could have been done in half the space of its 1000+ pages and lost nothing. Over half the book consists of very long speeches and soliloquies from its characters which are very repetitious of each other. Don’t get me wrong, I love the book but many find it too tedious to finish because of the problems I raise above. I think many would find three movies of the book the same.


12 posted on 07/26/2010 7:21:55 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: stylecouncilor

Bookmark


13 posted on 07/26/2010 7:29:03 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: circlecity

recommend “Colony 14” by Don Fredrick

259 pages, well written and says it all


14 posted on 07/26/2010 7:29:58 AM PDT by tanstaafl44 (Muslims cannot let Western Civilization kill itself in peace.)
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To: circlecity

I agree that the book could have been about half the length without any loss.


15 posted on 07/26/2010 7:30:14 AM PDT by Poser (Enjoying tasty animals for 58 years)
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To: Ed Hudgins

“The Hollywood press has taken a dismissive view of the project. How could an outsider hope to produce a successful film with so little time, a reported budget of $5 million, a director with limited film experience, and a cast without stars?”

This coming from Hollywood press who knows Hollywood prides itself on low budget, artsy independent films? This is ridiculous.


16 posted on 07/26/2010 7:32:51 AM PDT by peggybac
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To: Gen. Burkhalter
Who is John Galt?

I once posted that on a similar thread. And someone answered me, with a Wiki link and everything!

17 posted on 07/26/2010 7:33:38 AM PDT by kevao
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To: Gen. Burkhalter
Who is John Galt?

Paul Johansson = John Gault

Taylor Schilling = Dagny Taggart


18 posted on 07/26/2010 7:37:23 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (It's the 'Land of Opportunity'... NOT... the 'Land of Entitlements'!!!)
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To: circlecity
Ayn was an alcoholic. It was only lucky for all of us that she wrote. She was also a rapacious chain smoker.

We do not know for sure, but she most likely died from alcoholism.I can see her going off on a rant through one of her characters over and over.

I will see this movie. I hope it is worth it.

19 posted on 07/26/2010 7:37:49 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Gen. Burkhalter
Who is John Galt?

Considering how late he enters the book, as a character rather than a catch phrase, you won't know until the second movie comes out. There are supposed to be three movies, and if you look at the three natural breaking points in the story Galt doesn't even have a line until half way through the second movie. Of course he makes up for it with a three hour monologue at the end.
20 posted on 07/26/2010 7:39:02 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Ed Hudgins

Who would’ve known the potential box office for this project back in 1992! With the right to produce the film about to expire, I can understand why filming got underway even without a bankable lead or leads. On the other hand, I don’t know why only part I was produced. As with Lord of the Rings, you’d think all three parts would be filmed at the same time.


21 posted on 07/26/2010 7:39:27 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Not very familiar with these actors.


22 posted on 07/26/2010 7:42:43 AM PDT by Gen. Burkhalter
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bookmark


23 posted on 07/26/2010 7:44:02 AM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: Ed Hudgins

This project has a few things going for it in my opinion:

First, its being done independently, freeing it from the typically stupid Hollywood mentality. You know, all that T&A, explosions, and mind-boggling action sequences that Hollywood thinks a movie needs in order to appeal to the braindead masses.

Second, the producers and many of those involved seem to “get it” regarding Rand’s vision.

And last, the project is being stretched over three releases ala The Lord of the Rings. This way, the story can be told in it’s entirety, giving the audience the full measure of the vision.

I’m looking forward to seeing it in theatres. The last movie I saw in the theatre was Return of the King.


24 posted on 07/26/2010 7:44:27 AM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: Ed Hudgins

I wonder if “Mr. Thompson” will be an Obama lookalike. Now that would be funny....


25 posted on 07/26/2010 7:47:52 AM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

I’m a libertarian who is not fond of Ayn Rand. I couldn’t figure out where I fit. Then my Kids read the whole “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am a Laura and Almonzo Wilder libertarian and not an atheist Russian nut job.

That is to say I am a freedom loving traditional American.

I believe it was in the “Long Winter” book that there was a discussion about how everyone worked together, built roads, hired a teacher and took care of police and fire. Then the territory sent out a tax man for property taxes and all of a sudden people were Republicans and Democrats, no one worked together and politics took over. A lot of folks moved to Oregon once this happened.

All of this happened and was written long before Ayn Rand. Oh yeah, and they were religious, loved their country and still believed in personal freedom/responsibility.


26 posted on 07/26/2010 7:48:06 AM PDT by cizinec
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To: Ed Hudgins

5 weeks? Most people can’t even read the book that fast. ;-)


27 posted on 07/26/2010 7:50:52 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: GonzoGOP

I thought Eddie Willers had a few conversations with Galt early on in the book although Willers and the reader didn’t find out that it was Galt until late in the book.


28 posted on 07/26/2010 8:04:07 AM PDT by rrebo
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
This is the one thing I do not like about Ayn Rand is her outright hatred towards religion. I personally believe it comes from her childhood where the Church in Russia was a willing co-conspirator along with the Romanovs in the oppression of the people.

There's even a bit more to it than what you state. Ayn Rand is her pen name; she actuallly came from a Jewish family with a clearly Jewish name. The Czarist government and the Orthodox Church were deeply anti-semetic and often promoted pogroms. Just go see "Fiddler on the Roof." Hence, she had very good reasons not to like organized Christianity, especially the Russian Orthodox version.

29 posted on 07/26/2010 8:12:41 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: rrebo
I thought Eddie Willers had a few conversations with Galt early on in the book although Willers and the reader didn’t find out that it was Galt until late in the book.

True, but in the book the conversations are one sided. We never see what Galt is saying, just what Eddie is saying to him. Galt appears many times, for example waving to the train at the opening of the John Galt line, but never speaks.
30 posted on 07/26/2010 8:16:14 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: cizinec
Then my Kids read the whole “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am a Laura and Almonzo Wilder libertarian and not an atheist Russian nut job.

Have you ever read "The Discovery of Freedom" by Rose Wilder Lane (Laura and Almonzo's daughter)?

31 posted on 07/26/2010 8:16:59 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: 240B
Ayn was an alcoholic. It was only lucky for all of us that she wrote. She was also a rapacious chain smoker.

So was Hemingway. Only Ayn didn't blow the top of her head off...
32 posted on 07/26/2010 8:18:51 AM PDT by RedMonqey (What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Exactly.


33 posted on 07/26/2010 8:20:57 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (A woman is like an artichoke; you have to do a bit of work to get to her heart ~Insp. Clouseau)
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To: rrebo
I thought Eddie Willers had a few conversations with Galt early on in the book

You're correct...
34 posted on 07/26/2010 8:21:01 AM PDT by RedMonqey (What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

I thought angelina jolie was playinhg Dagny?


35 posted on 07/26/2010 8:22:52 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: MarineBrat

John Galt 2012: “If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve.” :-)


36 posted on 07/26/2010 8:24:02 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (A woman is like an artichoke; you have to do a bit of work to get to her heart ~Insp. Clouseau)
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To: longtermmemmory

Sorry. I woke her up too late and she missed the audition.


37 posted on 07/26/2010 8:25:53 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (A woman is like an artichoke; you have to do a bit of work to get to her heart ~Insp. Clouseau)
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To: circlecity
Rand, while a good writer of prose,


38 posted on 07/26/2010 8:25:54 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Gen. Burkhalter

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424035/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2279940/


39 posted on 07/26/2010 8:26:51 AM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: circlecity

“Rand, while a good writer of prose, was also a self indulgent writer and “over wrote” Atlas. “

She didn’t think anyone was qualified to edit her writing.


40 posted on 07/26/2010 8:30:38 AM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: Ed Hudgins

ping for later blogging


41 posted on 07/26/2010 8:32:58 AM PDT by Bodhi1 (Homeschools for a reason.)
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To: 240B

240B — You have no clue what you’re talking about. There is zero indication that Rand was alcoholic or was even a casual drinker. (Have you read any of the biographies?) There is some controversy over whether her husband was an alcoholic. Rand was a heavy smoker, which is probabaly what killed her.


42 posted on 07/26/2010 8:35:02 AM PDT by Ed Hudgins (Rand fan)
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To: Gen. Burkhalter
If you're into Westerns, the guy playing John Galt played the role of Newt Call's brother-in-law in "Lonesome Dove: The Series" and "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years". They were Canadian Broadcasting productions that came out in the mid-90s. Not a bad, but the story ended on a cliffhanger when the CBC dropped it. They might be good to add to your Netflix queue, if you like Westerns.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

43 posted on 07/26/2010 8:35:54 AM PDT by wku man (Steel yourselves, patriots, and be ready. Won't be long now....)
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To: longtermmemmory
I thought angelina jolie was playing Dagny?

From the above article:
In the ten years I have been advising him about scripts, I have read at least six distinct scripts for everything from TV miniseries to feature films. Hopes ran high for a deal with Lionsgate Films and Baldwin Entertainment for a single feature-length film, with a good script by Randall Wallace and Angelina Jolie as the lead. After that effort fizzled, Lionsgate undertook a lower-budget miniseries last fall. But the script proved unworkable and Lionsgate withdrew altogether. By March of this year, Aglialoro was back where he started.

44 posted on 07/26/2010 8:37:14 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (It's the 'Land of Opportunity'... NOT... the 'Land of Entitlements'!!!)
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To: KarlInOhio

I know who Rose is, but have not read any of her books. I probably will once I get through my current list. I Know Rose was more politically active and led a very interesting life. To be honest, that is a bit of a turn off for me.

I am more attracted to the simple struggles of simple but brave people. With the politicization of “libertarianism” a lot of these ideals were lost to elitists who tended towards decadence and atheism, which would have been anathema to the simple pioneers who lived the philosophy.


45 posted on 07/26/2010 8:44:26 AM PDT by cizinec
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To: Ed Hudgins

OK

if you expect me to argue with you? It will not happen. You are right, I am wrong. I wish you a strong and healthy life.


46 posted on 07/26/2010 8:50:38 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Ed Hudgins

Will they alter the story to show it taking place during the reign of the first halfrican American president?


47 posted on 07/26/2010 8:51:38 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Ed Hudgins
I wonder when they'll start filming the sequel


48 posted on 07/26/2010 8:55:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
Rand sure saw clearly what was coming our way.

Indeed. I've often thought that the end of society will be less Orwellian (think Gestapo thugs kicking down doors, an all-powerful, all-controlling regime) and more Randian (people more or less just giving up, society deteriorating due to apathy and a "not my job" attitude).

Thugs kicking in doors may be the end result, but it would take a long time to get there.

I had an interesting conversation with a consultant last week.... I was talking about my experiences with a large three-letter behemoth of a technology company. I thought that it was a horrific place to work - for various reasons that I won't go into right now - BUT...

...I said that "if I was 55 or so and had a few years to go to retirement, that this company would be a great place to work because I could work there, lay low, not do too much, collect a decent salary, grab some excellent bennies+retirement, for 5, 6, or 7 years before they even figured out who I was or what I did."

The (very smart, BTW) consultant's reply? "So, you quit this company because you just hadn't given up yet?"

More people are Galt than you would think.

49 posted on 07/26/2010 8:55:28 AM PDT by wbill
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To: RedMonqey

So was Hemingway

Please, if you do not mind, tell me please what you know of Hemingway?

I am curious.


50 posted on 07/26/2010 9:02:31 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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